Prof. Thomas Frank
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)
Head of the Institute of Zoology at BOKU.
Dr Frank is a zoologist with habilitation in ecology and has about 70 peer-reviewed SCI ranked research publications. He has expertise in biodiversity of arthropods, animal-plant interactions, predator-prey interactions, and land-use change effects on organisms. Currently, TF works on the effects of the re-establishment of grasslands on the promotion of farmland biodiversity and key ecosystem services, the impact of abandonment of alpine grasslands on biodiversity, regulating ecosystem services, human health and well-being, biodiversity monitoring in agroecosystems, and the implementation of linear semi-natural habitats adjoining intensively used grassland to support insect diversity. TF has led and leads/co-leads many national and international research projects, e.g. funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Austrian Ministries, and the EU. He worked for eleven years at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He currently supervises three PhD students and co-supervises two PhD students, and has been reviewer for about 35 scientific journals. TF is member of the managing board of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ), advisor in the National Biodiversity Commission of Austria, and full member of the Österreichische Entomologische Gesellschaft (ÖEG) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie (DGaaE).